Green Rwanda Media Review - 15 April 2019

Read the latest news from the environment sector in Rwanda and across the world.


  • Igihe reports that Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Costa-Waldau talked about Rwanda's achievements on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
  • Taarifa reports about two people have been arrested over illegal minerals dealing.
  • Climate Home News reports that landslides in Rwanda continue to affects residents.
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda and Israel have unveiled a Horticulture Centre of Excellence in Kigali.
  • Relief Web reports about putting seasonal forecasts in the hands of Rwandan farmers.

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Seven Arrested Over Environmental Degradation (Taarifa - Saturday, 13 April 2019) -- Seven people have been arrested in Kanzenze Sector, Rubavu District for allegedly degrading Gishwati-Mukura National Park. Read More

Muhanga: Uncertainty over treated water safety leads residents to prefer spring water (Rwanda Inspirer - Friday, 12 April 2019) -- Citizens from Muhanga District in different areas worry about drinking water they fetch from Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC)’s taps after being treated as they can find clotted chemicals and unusual colour inside. Read More

Nikolaj wakinnye muri Game of Thrones yavuze imyato u Rwanda mu kiganiro na Ellen DeGeneres (Igihe - Thursday, 11 April 2019) -- Muri Werurwe 2019 icyamamare muri sinema, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, wubatse izina muri filime y’uruhererekane ya Game of Thrones yasuye u Rwanda, aganira n’ubuyobozi bw’Ikigo cy’Igihugu cy’Iterambere, RDB. Read More

Rwandan landslide casts a long shadow over survivors (Climate Home News - Tuesday, 9 April 2019) -- While some families have moved to safer ground, young people feel left behind in areas increasingly prone to deadly landslides. Read More

Two Arrested Over Illegal Minerals Dealing (Taarifa - Monday, 8 April 2019) -- Police in Kayonza District are holding two people for allegedly trading in minerals illegally. Read More

Putting seasonal forecasts in the hands of Rwandan farmers (Relief Web - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Seasonal forecasts equip Rwandan farmers with tools for informed agricultural decision making in the face of climate change. Read More

Rwanda, Israel unveil Horticulture Centre of Excellence in Kigali (The New Times - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Rwanda and Israel yesterday launched Center of Excellence for Horticultural Development with ambitions to increase production through modern technology and research. Read More


Sector Updates

Minisitiri Biruta yagaragaje ko gutekereza no kwemera uruhare rw’abanyarwanda ubwabo muri Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi ari ingenzi mu rugendo rwo kwiyubaka (Ministry of Environment - Monday, 15 April 2019) -- Ku wa 10 Mata 2019 abakozi ba Minisiteri n’ibigo bikorera mu nyubako ya Nyarugenge Pension Plaza bitabiriye igikorwa cyo kwibuka ku nshuro ya 25 Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi. Read More

Rwanda GCF NDA and GGGI monitor the Secondary Cities Master Plan Revision process (Green Growth Institute - Friday, 12 April 2019) -- On 5th April GGGI Rwanda together with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and the National Coordination Team (NCT) undertook a mission to Nyagatare, one of the secondary cities where the GCF is supporting the incorporation of low emission and resilience strategies in the Master Plan revision though the Readiness and Preparatory support project. The City Conceptual Development plan stakeholder consultation took place in Nyagatare, organized by GGGI in collaboration with Rwanda Housing Authority and Nyagatare District. Read More

GGGI Supports the Development of Rwanda’s Green Procurement Guidelines (Green Growth Institute - Tuesday, 9 April 2019) -- According to the United Nations -Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) address the root causes of poverty and pledge to leave no one behind, including vulnerable groups. They also emphasize the need to tackle climate change urgently and protect the environment through a shift to sustainable consumption and production. The SDGs are intended to be universal, applying to all countries rather than just the developing world. Furthermore they recognize the key role of the private sector in pursuing and financing sustainable development, in partnership with governments and civil society. Read More

Kwibuka25 at Nyarugenge Pension Plaza (The Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday, 8 April 2019) -- View photos of Kwibuka25 at Nyarugenge Pension Plaza. View Photos

Democratic Republic of Congo Delegation visits REMA (Rwanda Environment Management Authority - Tuesday, 2 April 2019) -- Kigali, 1 April, 2019 - A delegation from the National Agency for Sanitation and Public Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ANASAP), has visited the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, REMA as part of the week-long study visit conducted in Rwanda from 25 to 31 March, 2019. Read More

TV Program: Gahunda yo kuvugurura igishushanyo mbonera MUSANZE NYABIHU RWAMAGANA (Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority YouTube - 27 March 2019) -- Kuva mu kwezi kwa kabiri hatangiye gahunda yo kuzenguruka mu turere twose tw'igihugu hatangwa ibitekerezo byazashyirwa mu gishushanyombonera cy'imikoreshereze y'ubutaka cyo ku rwego rw'igihugu (National Land Use and Development Master Plan). Muri iki kiganiro tukaba twari mu turere twa Musanze, Nyabihu na Rwamagana ari naho icyo gikorwa cyahereye. Bikaba biteganyijwe ko kuvugurura icyo gishushanyo kikazajyana n'icyerekezo 2050 u Rwanda rwihaye bizaba byarangiye muri Werurwe 2020. Watch Video


Across Africa

YLE launches second phase of #BeatPlasticPollution initiative (Egypt Today - Sunday, 14 April 2019) -- The Youth Loves Egypt (YLE) has launched the second phase of the initiative to limit the use of plastic bags in the Egyptian coastal areas #BeatPlasticPollution within the framework of achieving sustainable development and Egypt’s environmental 2030 vision. Read More

Zambia, Rwanda give Malawi humanitarian assistance for flood victims (Nyasa Times - Friday, 12 April 2019) -- The Zambian and Rwandan governments have provided assorted humanitarian assistance to Malawi Government to mitigate effects of flooding and tropical cyclone Idai. Read More

Belated ban on plastic bags is most welcome (The Citizen - Thursday, 11 April 2019) -- Manufacturers and general traders dealing in the merchandise have a two-month window within which to adjust to the expected shift in the business. Read More


From Around the World

Amazon employees challenge Jeff Bezos on climate change (The Hindu - Thursday, 11 April 2019) -- More than 3,500 employees of Amazon have raised their voice for fighting against climate change The employees signed their names to a letter calling on CEO Jeff Bezos to do more to combat Amazon's carbon emissions The letter also calls on the CEO to end Amazon's relationships with oil and gas giants, says Gizmodo. The letter states that Amazon has the power to "redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis." The letter demands "a company-wide plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the timeline required by science." The employees who signed the letter call themselves the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. Watch Video

Vehicle pollution 'results in 4m child asthma cases a year (The Guardian - Wednesday, 10 April 2019) -- Equivalent of 11,000 new cases a day occur worldwide due to toxic air from traffic, researchers say. Read More

Study concludes that nature benefits when more women make land management decisions (Mongabay - Monday, 8 April 2019) -- A study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and published in the journal Nature Climate Change last month explored whether or not gender quotas for local governing bodies could help reduce deforestation while addressing local inequalities at the same time. Read More